ul. Podgorska 18
Phone: +48 12 3764860
Fax: +48 12 3764861
- Taijiquan Sequence
- Taiji Qigong
- Shaolin Long Fist and White Crane
- Qin Na
YMAA Poland was founded in 1986 after Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming’s first visit to Poland. It was also the first YMAA organization outside of the USA.
Robert Was was born 24.04.1969 in Krakow, Poland. He started his martial arts training at the age of 12, beginning with Judo. At the age 15, he began his Gongfu training (Chang Quan and Taiji 24 and 48 forms). At the same time, he studied Long Fist style from Dr. Yang’s book Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu. Two years later, Dr. Yang came to Poland for the first time and the official YMAA Poland Branch was founded with its Headquarters in Tychy. Since then Robert has dedicated himself to study and train Long Fist (Chang Chuan), White Crane (Bai He) and Taijiquan Yang style according to Dr. Yang’s teaching.
In 1989, he completed his Gongfu Instructor licence in Poland, and found a YMAA Provisional School in his city, Krakow. He finished his Shaolin Assistant level in 1996 and his school in Krakow reached official YMAA Branch status. In 2000 he completed his Taiji assistant level. In 1999, Robert Was was elected as YMAA East European Headquarters President. He completed his YMAA Shaolin Instructor level in 2004 and his Taiji Instructor level in 2008. Besides Taiji and Shaolin, he also graduated as a YMAA Assistant Instructor in Qin Na and Qigong.
For all those years, Robert was training and studying under Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming's instruction. He has been following Dr Yang since he met him for the first time in 1991. Travelling to Boston Headquarters as well as other countries (France, Hungary, Portugal, South Africa and others) was a great occasion to learn directly from Dr. Yang. Robert had also the great privilege to meet and learn from Grand Master Li Mao-Ching, Dr. Yang’s Long Fist Master, and also invite him twice to Poland. He has also learned from other Gongfu masters such as Chang Shan (Chang Chuan style) and Liang Shou-Yu (Chen style Taiji, Bagua and Qigong).
In 1997, after being encouraged by Dr. Yang, Robert founded "YMAA Publications Poland". Since then, he has translated and published in Polish several books and videos. He has organized dozens of YMAA seminars, events, workshops, national camps as well as sponsored three International Summer Camps in Poland in 2001, 2003 and 2006. He has been invited to give seminars and to teach in Poland, Hungary, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, England and Iran.
In his city, Krakow, Robert Was is offering regular classes in Taijiquan Yang style, Shaolin Long Fist, White Crane and San Shou.
He is also teaching Qin Na, Qigong, knife defence and Shaolin weapons, including staff, saber, sword etc. in separate seminars. He organizes two training camps a year, in Summer (9 days) and Winter (7 days) in Poland.
First class is always free of charge. Come and see if you like it.
YMAA Poland also offers regular classes in Gongfu and Taijiquan in other cities in Poland: Gdansk, Gdynia, Krakow, Sopot, Warszawa, Wroclaw, Belchatow, Bialystok, Gorzow Wlkp., Katowice, Lublin, Olsztyn.article page.